Gov. Bill Lee joined state leaders and local officials at Henry Horton State Park on Wednesday to kick off construction of a new visitor center and restaurant.
An $8.25 million capital investment, the new facilities planned for completion in the summer of 2021 will serve as a boost to the economy of southern Middle Tennessee, the governor said.
The project includes the construction of two buildings including a 6,400 square foot restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a 32-seat private dining area, and a separate bar to seat 120 people indoors and an additional 52 outside.
The second structure, a dedicated visitor's center, will include space for park offices and a conference and event space.
It will also feature a 1,154 square foot exhibition space.
The two new buildings will be constructed near a hotel and restaurant, and the Governor's Table Restaurant, currently operated by the park system.
The park's Buford Ellington Golf Course is one of nine courses on the Tennessee Golf Trail.
The park offers eight cabins for rent, 56 RV campsites, 10 tent campsites, nine primitive campsites, and three backcountry campsites.